Reading Roots: LLM from A Book Geek
blogger interviews , interviews / August 9, 2011

Posted weekly on Tuesdays, Reading Roots features a variety of book bloggers talking about their early reading influences and experiences, letting us catch a glimpse of the “roots” that each person has built upon in forming their identity as “a reader”. Today, I’m interviewing LLM from A Book Geek. Let’s explore her reading roots! What is your earliest memory involving books or reading? How were books, reading, and literacy approached in your childhood home? Were your parents or other family members “readers”? The funny thing is, I can’t remember a time that I didn’t read. My mother said I taught myself to read at  very early age.  My parents bought books for me and my siblings for birthdays, and basically any occasion and read to us every night. We were always encouraged to read. Did you enjoy language arts/English classes as a kid, or were you more of a reluctant reader? When did you first consider yourself “a reader”? I LOVED any class that had reading involved. English/language arts was a favorite. I have always considered myself to be a reader. Did you have any interesting reading habits when you were growing up? Do you still have them now? I don’t know…

Reading Roots: Margaret from Books Please
blogger interviews , interviews / August 2, 2011

Posted weekly on Tuesdays, Reading Roots features a variety of book bloggers talking about their early reading influences and experiences, letting us catch a glimpse of the “roots” that each person has built upon in forming their identity as “a reader”. Today, I’m interviewing Margaret from Books Please. Let’s explore her reading roots! What is your earliest memory involving books or reading? How were books, reading, and literacy approached in your childhood home? Were your parents or other family members “readers”? As long as I can remember I have loved books. I learnt to read at home before I went to school – I don’t remember how I learned, but I do remember telling the teacher at school that I could read. My father used to read stories to me at bedtime, or he would make up his own. My mother loved reading and always had a book on the go. She took me to the public library from about the age of 4 or 5 most Saturdays until I was old enough to go on my own. Did you enjoy language arts/English classes as a kid, or were you more of a reluctant reader? When did you first consider yourself “a…

Reading Roots: John from The Book Mine Set
blogger interviews , interviews / July 26, 2011

Posted weekly on Tuesdays, Reading Roots features a variety of book bloggers talking about their early reading influences and experiences, letting us catch a glimpse of the “roots” that each person has built upon in forming their identity as “a reader”. Today, I’m interviewing John from The Book Mine Set. Let’s explore his reading roots! What is your earliest memory involving books or reading? How were books, reading, and literacy approached in your childhood home? Were your parents or other family members “readers”? It’s interesting. A few Christmases back I gave my mom one of those sappy Chicken Soup books, for the Mother’s Soul I think. She was reading it one day when all of a sudden I saw her wiping away tears. Apparently there was a story about a woman who didn’t feel she had read enough to her own son and daughter when they were kids. My mom, for some reason, related to this story. Yet despite her not having any recollections of having read to me, I remember such times quite clearly. In particular I remember her reading from a Jumbo Book of Stories each night. There were animal stories, giant stories, superhero stories and more but my favourite…

Reading Roots: Lee from I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?
blogger interviews , interviews / July 19, 2011

Posted weekly on Tuesdays, Reading Roots features a variety of book bloggers talking about their early reading influences and experiences, letting us catch a glimpse of the “roots” that each person has built upon in forming their identity as “a reader”. Today, I’m interviewing Lee from I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?. Let’s explore his reading roots! What is your earliest memory involving books or reading? How were books, reading, and literacy approached in your childhood home? Were your parents or other family members “readers”? I remember staring at the climactic “dog party” page in P.D. Eastman’s “Go, Dog. Go!” and thinking that once I could read for myself, all these fabulous worlds would open up to me.  And I was right! Did you enjoy language arts/English classes as a kid, or were you more of a reluctant reader? When did you first consider yourself “a reader”? I always loved reading, and would often lose myself in books (mainly fantasy, often Anne McCaffrey) when my family was doing things that didn’t hold my interest. There’s a photo of me sitting on the floor of an art gallery, reading, that I love because it is so real. Did you have…

Reading Roots: Jill from Fizzy Thoughts
blogger interviews , interviews / July 12, 2011

Posted weekly on Tuesdays, Reading Roots features a variety of book bloggers talking about their early reading influences and experiences, letting us catch a glimpse of the “roots” that each person has built upon in forming their identity as “a reader”. Today, I’m interviewing Jill from Fizzy Thoughts. Let’s explore her reading roots! What is your earliest memory involving books or reading? How were books, reading, and literacy approached in your childhood home? Were your parents or other family members “readers”? Unfortunately, I don’t have any particular early memories of books or reading. Or even learning how to read.  I just know that I always had books in my room, and I was always in the advanced reading groups. While neither one of my parents were readers, they never discouraged me from reading. My mom does read more now than she did when I was a kid. However, we don’t have the same taste in books, so there’s not a whole lot of book sharing going on. When you look at my extended family, the book junkies  start to pop up. One of my aunts and a couple of cousins are avid readers. In fact, my aunt and one of my cousins…